The silver linings of life

Sometimes we don’t realize how big the little things in life really are

by Lindsay on April 17, 2013

in Attitude, Environment, Personal Growth

“Sometimes we don’t realize how big the little things in life really are.”

Screen shot 2013-04-17 at 5.54.48 PMHave you ever experienced a moment where you felt absolute oneness with the world and everyone around you? A single, frozen moment in time when everything became clear and you suddenly understood that we are all connected?

I had a moment like that last week as I rocked my daughter to sleep and listening to the rain falling outside. My heart swelled with love for my daughter, my family, friends and eventually my thoughts turned to the Universe and our connection to All That Is. I began to feel deep appreciation for all the little things that make our world beautiful. The moments that make life rich, happy and remind us that the world is more good than bad.

Some of my favorite big little moments:

  • The moments when you step outside and take a deep breath of fresh air and feel so alive and happy to be exactly where you are
  • When you kiss a newborn’s head and feel a surge of love ripple throughout your entire body & soul as you cradle this brand new life in your arms
  • Looking through old photographs of long-passed ancestors and realize that who they were in part contributed to who you are today
  • The feeling of delight while getting puppy kisses as you marvel over the love you can feel for a pet
  • A smile from a stranger passing you on the sidewalk (Note to self: smile at random people more often!)
  • Feeling the ocean’s waves gently sweeping on your feet
  • Crawling into bed with fresh, clean sheets
  • Receiving an unexpected compliment from a friend or even the person behind you in line a the grocery store
  • Holding hands with someone you love
  • The taste of your favorite food
  • The smell of freshly cut grass
  • Quiet, alone time
  • Second chances and forgiveness
  • Rainy days spent on the couch in pjs
  • Small victories, like picking the right line in the grocery store or customs line crossing the border
  • Getting mail that isn’t a bill (thanks too all my lovely friends who still send letters occasionally!)
  • The fact that nothing is permanent. You can always change what you don’t like
  • The way the Universe always provides exactly what we need at the right time

What are some of your “Life is Awesome” moments? Please share them with me, I’d love to hear them! 

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Val April 18, 2013 at 11:28 am

Synchronicity..yup. Here is my fb status this morning.

Sometimes it’s the simple things that make me chuckle. I was making G’s lunch and I looked out the kitchen window to see the chix running down the driveway heading TOWARDS the house. Where the heck have you been girls? Trying to make breakfast curfew? I guess useless w/out photos but it was a sight. Just a simple thing to make me chuckle and smile first thing in the morning.

Lindsay April 20, 2013 at 9:53 pm

You and I have an uncanny connection, don’t we? I love it Val!
I would’ve love to have seen that sight. I chuckled just reading about it! LOL

Julie Barrett April 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm

Changing what you don’t like sounds good to me!

Hoping you and the little peach are doing well 🙂

Lindsay April 20, 2013 at 9:53 pm

If only it were super easy to change the things you don’t like, eh?
We’re doing great here. My parents are in town visiting this weekend. I snuck away for a 2 hour massage. BLISS.

Anne McCarroll April 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm

….when you’re in the car and that song comes on that changes your entire day. (Well, you can be anywhere, not just the car!)
It’s hard to kick a rush from a good song!
(That’s why God made the ‘rewind’ button) 😉

Lindsay April 20, 2013 at 9:52 pm

YES! How could I forget that one? That’s one of my all-time favorite things to happen! 🙂
I miss the “rewind” button on tapes!

Jess April 20, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Love it. Great tips. And like the comment above, if that great song comes on the radio, take that opportunity to sing along! I do it all the time and it really can provide an additional boost! Might as well dance around also (as much as you can in a car), but of course do so safely! 😉 Thanks for sharing.

Lindsay April 20, 2013 at 9:54 pm

I think the only dancing I should do should be restricted to a car seat. Hip rhythm, I have not!! LOL

Bazza April 22, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Nicely said, Lindsay. I think those moments of “oneness” are really what being alive is all about. I’ve gradually come to the view that life is not about periods of happiness but about on-going and never-ending flashes of that “oneness”

allmyprettyones June 16, 2013 at 7:32 am

Have had this feeling before. Many times floating on my back, in my lake, looking up at the sky, hearing my breath with my ears under water. Also once in a time of crisis as a 13-year-old, I suddenly had a moment of sudden, overwhelming peace. I know that it was my future, grown-up self comforting the younger me. And finally, those moments you find when traveling, seeing the dust of Kabul under your airplane, watching Sherpas dancing in their native village under the Himalayan night sky. Moments of perfect clarity and connectedness.

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